Outdoor Activities

Sailboarders Fly in The Gorge

So, you have learned to windsurf or kiteboard and you want to take it to a higher level. Then, head to Hood River, Ore., where you can buy or rent a board and give it a whirl with the watersport crowd at the infamous Columbia River Gorge.
Wind surfing capital of the world is Hood River’s latest distinction. Previously known for growing luscious apples, pears, cherries, peaches and other fruits, and for the view of the majestic snowcapped peak of Mt. Hood, Hood River has become the destination of choice for wind surfers from around the world.
The winds from the Columbia River Gorge, best during the middle of the day, create ideal conditions for riding the waves. To enjoy the view of “boardheads” at play, drive to the Columbia Gorge Sailpark or follow Second Street to the waterfront.

Windsurfers, Kites, SUPs For Sale or Rent

Big Winds ( is just one of Hood River’s many sailboard/windsurfer shops. Established in 1987, Big Winds is one of the largest windsurfing, kiteboarding and stand up paddle product and accessory stores in the United States. Its expert staff members are experienced athletes who are passionate about these sports.

The staff tests everything it sells is top quality. It also offers extensive instructional and rental programs for all ages and levels for watersport enthusiasts.

Big Wind specializes in providing high quality products with the latest technology. Everything from DVDs, watches, sunglasses, wetsuits, rashguards, booties, helmets, water gloves, travel bags, backpacks, and more windsurf and kite equipment and accessories than you can imagine.

Big Winds has a unique selection of beach surfwear and sandals from top quality brands such as Quiksilver, Roxy, RipCurl, WaterGirl, Ultra Nectar, Reef, O’Neill, and many others.

For information about Hood River’s many shops, please visit:
What was your experience like at The Gorge?